Create Secure Meetings
Review the tips below to avoid “ZoomBombing” – unwanted participants and content – in your Zoom meetings.
- Generate a unique meeting ID for each meeting. Avoid using your Personal Meeting ID.
- When scheduling a new meeting, secure the meeting with a passcode or enable a waiting room for the meeting. Beginning Sept. 27, Zoom will require that all meetings have a passcode or a waiting room enabled. Meetings that do not have a passcode or waiting room enabled will automatically be applied a waiting room. Waiting rooms can be customized to fit the need and audience for your meeting. For more information, visit the Zoom Support website.
Updated software is secure software. Keep your software updated by regularly performing software upgrades. By updating to the latest version, you will receive security patches and updates to ensure the security of your computer and also your meetings. Visit the Zoom website for instructions on how to update.
- Lock the meeting. When you lock a Zoom meeting after is has started, no new participants can join, even if they have the meeting ID and password.
- Remove unwanted or disruptive participants. From the participants menu, you can mute and remove participants.
- Turn off file transfer so no unwanted content can be shared in the meeting chat.
- Turn off annotation so no one can doodle or markup content during the meeting.
- Disable private chat to restrict participants’ ability to chat with each other during your meeting.
- When creating a meeting, disable the ability for individuals to join the meeting before you by unchecking the box “Enable join before host“. This way, you will be the first individual in the meeting room, and you can admit participants to join.
Use a Waiting Room
When scheduling a meeting, click Advanced Settings to enable a waiting room for the meeting. With a waiting room, you have the ability to allow who enters your meeting. Beginning July 19, if you do not enable a passcode or a waiting room, a waiting room will be applied for you.
Manage Screen Sharing
In most cases, only the instructor should have control of the screen. Turn off screen share for participants in the Settings menu. Near the Share Screen icon at the bottom of your Zoom meeting window, select Advanced Sharing options to select the setting that only the host can screen share.
Review Default Settings
Below are a list of recommended security settings. Before starting a Zoom session, establish secure settings to begin hosting secure meetings. Once signed into your account, click on the Settings tab to review all settings. A blue button (toggled to the right) means the setting is on. A gray button (toggled to the left) means it is off.
- Host video – Off
- Participants video – Off
- Audio Type – Telephone and Computer Audio
- Join before host – Off
- User Personal Meeting ID (PMI) when scheduling a meeting – Off
- Only authenticated users can join meeting – Off (students may not be authenticated users)
- Require a password when scheduling new meetings – On
- Mute participants upon entry – On
- Private chat – Off
- Auto saving chats – On
- File transfer – Off
- Allow host to put attendee on hold – On
- Screen sharing – Who can share? Host only
- Disable desktop/screenshare for users – On
- Annotation – Off
- Whiteboard – Off
- Remote control – Off
- Virtual background – Off
- Identify guest participants in the meeting – On
- Auto-answer group in chat – Off
- Attention tracking – On
- Waiting room – (for small classes) On
- Allow live streaming meetings – Off
Additional tips to prevent ZoomBombing are available on Zoom’s website.